Alcohol Use Disorders (115) Do public health professionals and policymakers have adequate knowledge? (2) What are current national policies?

1 March, 2024

WHO has a lot of data relating to alcohol in different countries, through its Global Health Observatory:

'The Global Information System on Alcohol and Health (GISAH) is an essential tool for assessing and monitoring the health situation and trends related to alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm, and policy responses in countries. The harmful use of alcohol results in the death of 3 million people annually. There are 230 different types of diseases where alcohol has a significant role. It also causes harm to the well-being and health of people around the drinker. In 2018, the worldwide total consumption was equal to 6.2 litres of pure alcohol per person 15 years and older. Unrecorded consumption accounts for 26% of the worldwide total consumption.'

The above URL provides information on:

Levels of Consumption

Patterns of Consumption

Harms and Consequences

Economic Aspects

Alcohol Control Policies

Prevention, Research, Treatment

Youth and Alcohol

Key alcohol indicators relevant to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Key alcohol indicators relevant to noncommunicable diseases

Data sources for abstainers and heavy episodic drinkers

Data sources for alcohol use disorders and alcohol dependence

Information on Alcohol Control Policies is here:

This section is further subdivided into:

National Policy

Advertising and product placement restrictions

Age limits

Community action

Drink driving

Licensing requirements

Alcohol Control Policies - Price measures



Price measures

Sales promotion

Selling off-premise

Selling on-premise


Taxation measures

Use in public places

Warning and consumer information labels

I invite HIFA members to browse the above resource and let us know your observations.

Many thanks, Neil

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: